Erik ten Haag’s side arrive off the back of a 3-2 defeat against Arsenal and they will heavy favourites to return to winning ways here. Having easily dispatched lowly Charlton in the quarter-finals, United have a winnable home game against Reading sandwiched between the two legs so should be able to go strong against Forest and rest players against the Royals. Nine places better than their opponents, United will be hoping for a repeat of their 3-0 victory over the East Midlanders in late December.
Forest have only lost once since that day, and edged past Wolves on penalties in the previous round. Their hero that day, Dean Henderson, is both injured and ineligible to play, so Wayne Hennessey will deputise in his absence. Steve Cooper’s side will also be without the cup-tied Chris Wood, who made his debut as his new side battled to a 1-1 draw against relegation rivals Bournemouth on Saturday. Having knocked Spurs out with a 2-0 win in round three, the City Ground faithful will be looking for their side to repeat the dose here as they attempt to reach their first cup final in almost thirty-years.